Thursday, September 18, 2008

Trivial History September 18

Yes, I've pulled the digits out of the proverbial and got stuck into the history again.
Sometimes yesteryear is a far more pleasant a place to ponder than the current garbage we humans do to each other.

1860 Legislation was passed, like a rich man through the eye of a needle, in Melbourne Council that put a stop to any get togethers of more than 50 people within a half a mile block of Victoria's Parliament House after the riots and hissy fits of several weeks before in response to the squatters unfair monopoly of land ownership.

Stuff -
The very first car radio was fitted into an Aussie car in 1924.
History will probably record that it was flogged and sold down the nearest pub for several pots of beer the next day.

1879 The famous Blackpool Lights were flicked on for the very first time - at Blackpool of course - a whole month before that arcy-sparky electricity thing was available in London.

Place Name Origin -
Arundel in Victoria is out Keilor way and was named after the joint with the same tag in Sussex, in England.

1937 The first residents of NZ's first state house moved into Fife Lane in Miramar, in Wellington, in the NZ Govt's bid to provide decent state housing with a promise to build 5,000 homes each year.

Oz Slanguage-
Walloper = an old nickname for a policeman. Possibly because they'd give you a good walloping behind the ear if you gave them any cheek.

1980 Due to the Theatre Royal Charitable Foundation the Theatre Royal, in Christchurch, was able to be purchased, renovated and preserved as the theatre it was always intended to be...not some hideous glass and steel office building we seem to spawn with regular frequency here in Melbourne.

Silly Rhymes-
I'm Popeye the sailor man,
I live in a caravan.
I eat all the worms
And spit out the germs,
I'm Popeye the sailor man.

1999 Jeff Kennett, Premier, called a general election in Victoria.
Jeff Kennett, Premier, lost a general election in Victoria.
Jeff Kennett wasn't the Premier in Victoria, or anywhere else, after that.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When the need to apply cream to muscular aches and pains arises, stand the tube of cream in a cup of warm water for 5 mins to take the chill off.
Or the patient will nip through the ceiling in shock.


  1. we used to add a toot toot after the "I'm Popeye the sailor man" lol that was a firm fav lol. I used to live around the corner from Nz's first state house a few years back. It has a wee historic sign outthe front and they did a news article on that a few years back.

  2. That song has to be one of the favorite playground tunes of all time. Although I remember it as Popeye living in a garbage can.

  3. "Sometimes yesteryear is a far more pleasant a place to ponder than the current garbage we humans do to each other."

    I'll go along with that. Digging a hole in the middle of a field in search of a bit of broken pot is far preferable to having to listen to the foul mouthed idiocy of the skanky cow who's moved into the house opposite us. Hopefully she'll spontaneously combust or something before the rest of the street sets fire to her first.

  4. This is my visit and found your blog an interesting one.

  5. 1999 Jeff Kennett, Premier, called a general election in Victoria.

    It sounded like a miracle come true, until Brack's stupid son crashed his car and forced the resignation of Bracks himself, resulting in the current chunk of gunk in power over this state.

  6. Oh I forgot the "toot toot", Janine!

    Yes, as my ceiling can attest to, Bettina :P

    lol Evyl.

    Combine the two, Brian, and let the skanky cow combust in a hole you've dug ;)

    Thanks Peetance.

    6 of one, half a dozen of the other, Reuben ;)